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 Officers take to the pitch to raise funds for children's charity


CHILDREN with complex special needs will be treated to specialist toys after more than 100 police officers took to the pitch for a charity football tournament.
Officers kicked off the force’s annual six-a-side tournament on April 5 at Soccarena, in Belmont.
A total of eight teams took part in the hope of being crowned force champions.
And after battling it out for five hours, it came down to the Alpha Panthers and The Coasters in the final with the Panthers winning 5-3.
But the real winner was the children’s charity Tabitha’s Toys, which provides specialist toys and equipment for children with complex special needs, after the tournament raised £251.35 for it.
Assistant Chief Constable Dave Orford and tournament organiser, Detective Constable Mick Renshaw, presented the charity with the cheque at Durham Constabulary’s HQ on Friday, May 17.
DC Renshaw, said: “Once again we have held a very successful six-a-side football tournament; this year was probably the most competitive tournament to date.
“Some excellent football was played, all in good spirit, but most of all, it was just great as usual to get everyone together for a good day out!
“I would like to thank everyone who donated from across the force towards Tabitha’s Toys, who provide specialist toys and equipment for children with complex special needs.
“If just one child benefits from the money we have raised then we can all be proud of what has been achieved this year.
“The tournament will be back again next year where we will once again be raising money for another great cause.”